Week Ending 7th June 2019

As the builders press on towards their new handover date – which is now just two weeks away – they are focussing heavily on the external areas at the moment.  The rear courtyard looks almost finished as they begin to lay the paving for the front one, with trees and shrubs being planted as they go. The internal areas look nearly complete, with the new Reception building still needing the main final touches.

Over the next three weeks students will be using their form time PSHE work to explore the role of gender, both across society and in their daily lives. Students will have the chance to discuss presentations of gender in the media, the dangers of stereotyping and how we can all work together to promote greater gender equality.

This week we hosted a group of undergraduates and faculty staff from the University of Austin, Texas. The students are reading Education Studies and spent time with us as they were interested in understanding the British education system. The group enjoyed a tour of the school, met staff and students, participated in lectures delivered by staff and observed lessons.

All year our Year 10 and 11 Computer Science students have been participating in the GCHQ inspired CyberDiscovery project.  Nationally over 28,000 students, aged 14 to 18, took part in three rounds of increasingly difficult code breaking and coding problems.  We are pleased to say that Nathan Walsh, Year 10, has made it through to the fourth and final round and can be officially classified as ‘Elite’.  This is a three day residential course in Westminster, which he will be attending during the summer break.  This was quite an achievement for Nathan who should be congratulated for his perseverance, determination and skill for becoming the first Chesterton CC student to get so far in the competition.

The Year 7 Choir, together with some Year 8 helpers, will be participating in the Phoenix Celebration of Song at West Road on Friday 14th June at 6.30pm. This is a celebration of choral singing featuring nine schools and promises to be an uplifting event. Tickets are available from the following link: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/cambridge/west-road-concert-hall/a-phoenix-celebration/e-povbqy

Cambridge United Football Club started to deliver the first of six sessions of ‘Mind your Head’ to our Year 8s this week; these sessions will be held once a week over the next six weeks. They are designed to battle the stigma of mental health, raise awareness and to support and encourage our students to keep a healthy mind. The first sessions have been based around resilience. During the sessions this week, the team from CUFC promoted the recent documentary ‘A Royal Team Talk’ that was filmed with Prince William, Peter Crouch, Jermaine Jenas, Thierry Henry, Danny Rose and Gareth Southgate. The documentary took place at CUFC grounds and discussed mental health within football and amongst men. It is highly worth a watch and suitable for our students to view too.

Year 9s received their Meningitis vaccinations this week. If you Year 9 child missed this opportunity then please look out for a Parentmail with details on the catch up day. This will be the last opportunity for them to receive this vaccination this year.

ESOL lessons continue this week on Tuesdays and Fridays at Chesterton. Come and join us for 5 weeks! Please visit Chesterton Sports Centre for more information.

Athletics at Chesterton

The PE department hosted 7 local schools for a year 8 and year 10 athletics match this week.  The event included 30 sports leaders and 40 athletes from Chesterton, and it was fantastic to watch some amazing athletic talent in action – we’re certainly looking forward to the forthcoming Cambridge District ‘Olympic Cup’ athletics competition, which involves approximately 100 of our athletes across year 7, 8, 9 and 10, plus the leaders who will help us to deliver the event at the University track.  Watch this space!

Just before May half term, 40 students from years 7, 8 and 9 set off from school at 3:30am to catch a flight to Naples where the first leg of our Latin trip to Italy began. Students enjoyed the first sunny day walking through the streets of Herculaneum, where we learnt about those whose lives are preserved in the incredible ancient ruins. Students were enthusiastic and curious despite the early wake up and used their imaginations to visualise what life was like for the people who lived in Herculaneum before the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.  The second day was spent soaking up more ancient sights at Pompeii, where some of our students even re-enacted a gladiator fight in the amphitheatre. The evening was spent in the beautiful town of Sorrento where students enjoyed some free time and souvenir shopping. The third day took us to the Naples Archaeological Museum where students were able to forge links between the myths they had learned about in Latin and the impressive marble statues found in the museum – even having a go at recreating some of the poses! We then moved our adventure to Rome, where students walked an impressive 15km around some of Rome’s most famous historic sites, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Pantheon. The day was finished with a leisurely afternoon in the Villa Borghese Gardens where we held our Latin Trip Talent Show, won by our resident Year 7 rap troupe, Yummy Scrummy.  And of course, it wouldn’t have been a trip to Italy without a gelato here and there! At the end of each day, students who had really impressed us became our “stelle” (stars) of the day. The staff were incredibly impressed with the behaviour, enthusiasm, kindness and curiosity demonstrated by all students who attended the trip, it was safe to say a great time was had by all.

Latin Trip ‘stelle’:
Y7: Harry, Ryan, Elizabeth, Oliver
Y8: Diego, Sid, Hecctor
Y9: Morgan, Sam, Lisa, Greta